Man in court on murder charge

Published Saturday, 01 March 2014
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A man has been refused bail after he appeared in court charged with the murder of Co Tyrone woman Mairead McCallion.

Man in court on murder charge
Mairead McCallion, 36, who died of her injuries in hospital. (© Presseye)

Mairead died in hospital on Monday after she was found with serious head injuries outside a house in the Castleview Court area of Omagh on Sunday.

Noel Knox, 50, from Knockshee Park has been charged with the murder of the 36-year-old and appeared in Omagh Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

He has denied the charge.

District Judge, Nigel Broderick heard how Ms McCallion was found by police outside the home in sock soles.

She told police that Knox assaulted her by grabbing her hair and hitting her head against a wall before throwing her out of the house into the garden.

She was taken to a police station for forensic tests but when her condition rapidly deteriorated, she was brought to hospital where she died.

Knox's solicitor said the defendant wanted to express his sincere condolences to the McCallion family on the death of Mairead.

The couple had been in a relationship for the past seven years.

Knox, the solicitor added, had co-operated fully with police conducting the investigation and would adhere to any bail conditions which might be imposed by the court.

However, the district judge said that while he was satisfied there was no real risk of Knox leaving the jurisdiction, the bail application was being refused.

He said this refusal was due to the risk of re-offending, the lack of a suitable address and the potential interference with witnesses who had still to be interviewed.

Knox was remanded in custody to appear again at Omagh Magistrates' Court on 25 March via video link.

Ms McCallion's funeral is due to take place in Omagh on Sunday.

© UTV News
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